Track Watch: Miss Ready willing and able

BEFORE launching into the review of the past week’s racing, let’s focus on the exciting full-TAB meeting at the Moruya Jockey Club next Tuesday.The club has been overwhelmed by the 137 nominations received for the seven-event program so we should be in for big fields and highly competitive racing across the card.All the usual facilities will be in full swing at the track and Priors dedicated race-day bus service will be running from the Bay, booking details for which, as well as the sponsors for the day, appear on the Moruya Jockey Club’s promotional poster on page 37.This is the second last meeting of the racing season and all trainers will be out to improve their positions on the premiership tables, the last being the Batemans Bay Cup meeting on Friday, July 13. Interestingly, John Marzol has only two nominations for the day, they both being unraced maidens, and it’s good to see Mark Latta’s name appear once again in the training ranks, also with two untried maiden runners.Unfortunately the final fields for the day will not be declared until today, but can be accessed on the Racing NSW website for your early consideration.Let’s all pray for good weather, with gates opening at the track at 11am and the first race set to jump at 12.40pm.Only a small number of Moruya gallopers stepped out at meetings over the past week but, as always, there was plenty of success and some great performances.Luke Pepper was our only trainer who made the trip to Wagga with just one runner last Friday, that being new stable acquisition Miss Ready.The three-year-old filly by More Than Ready, who was previously trained in town by Gai Waterhouse, had five previous starts under her belt for one third placing.Her debut run for Luke was in the Maiden event over 1200 metres in a field of 14, and she settled near the front on jumping under the patient and confident riding of Brendan Ward.She took the lead into the straight and kept going away from her opposition all the way to the line for an emphatic three lengths win.Despite her previous record, the punters found her in the market and she started at $3.20 near favourite.She was not only ready, but willing and able as well, and I think Luke and the connections are going to have some good times with her as she works through the grades.Keep an eye out for her next assignment.Five Moruya gallopers made the trip to Goulburn on Saturday for the six-event meeting and all ran brilliantly.First to step out were Colbey Hill’s Certino, resuming from a spell and Luke’s Winning Angel, both in the Maiden 1000m sprint.And it was Colbey’s Certino who almost caused a boil over when rattling home late at huge odds to claim a 1.3 lengths second on the line.That was his 20th start, and probably his best to date, and if he can reproduce the same second up he’ll be right in the mix to break his Maiden status.Winning Angel finished mid-field in the event.Peter Afflick’s Worpali was also first-up from a spell when she lined up in the Benchmark 50 (1000m) sprint from an outside gate, and she looked great when flashing home out wide to claim a two lengths third placing under Michael Travers’ guidance.The final race was a Benchmark 60 event over 1300m with Lynda Bundy’s Moorings Royal, ridden by Neil Perryman, and John Marzol’s Mineral Deposit with Kevin Sweeney aboard, both in the starting line-up.Two weeks ago, Moorings Royal returned from a spell at the Goulburn track to record a great third placing and I reported that I was sure both Lynda and Neil would have been delighted with that first-up run as a positive indicator of a good campaign ahead.John’s Mineral Deposit was the punters’ favourite for the race, starting at $3.20, but it was another brilliant ride by Neil for Moorings Royal to steal the limelight at the juicy odds of $17.30 on the tote with a half-neck winning margin. Mineral Deposit finished four lengths behind in fourth.A team of six Moruya runners step out at Canberra today with Steve Stephens’ Olympian and Domidor, both to be ridden by Joe Azzopardi in races two and four, Peekay and Bad Kitty in race six and Blow Up The Pokies and Summer Duck Wood in race eight.John Marzol’s Grey Drama and Our Billy Blue ran at the Randwick meeting, which was transferred to Newcastle on Wednesday but unfortunately both failed to find a placing.Until next week, good luck and good punting.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.